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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library MON (Text) 33500013365325 New Checked out 11/22/2021
McIntosh Public Library MON (Text) 33500013365317 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781250623416
  • ISBN: 1250623405
  • ISBN: 9781250623409
  • Physical Description: 342 pages : map ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2021.

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Summary, etc.: With compassion and insight, Jess Montgomery weaves a gripping mystery and portrait of community in The Stills, the powerful third novel in the Kinship series. Ohio, 1927: Moonshining is a way of life in rural Bronwyn County, and even the otherwise upstanding Sheriff Lily Ross has been known to turn a blind eye when it comes to stills in the area. But when thirteen-year-old Jebediah Ranklin almost dies after drinking tainted moonshine, Lily knows that someone has gone too far, and―with the help of organizer and moonshiner Marvena Whitcomb―is determined to find out who. But then, Lily's nemesis, the businessman George Vogel, reappears in town with his new wife, Fiona. Along with them is also her former brother-in-law Luther Ross, now an agent for the newly formed Bureau of Prohibition. To Lily, it seems too much of a coincidence that they should arrive now. As fall turns to winter, a blizzard closes in. Lily starts to peel back the layers of deception shrouding the town of Kinship, but soon she discovers that many around her seem to be betraying those they hold dear―and that Fiona too may have an agenda of her own.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #2
    Bronwyn County, Ohio, 1927: when a few sips of moonshine leave young Jeb Rankline comatose, Sheriff Lily Ross is shocked to learn the shine came from the still of her close friend Marvena Whitcomb. Despite her friendship with Marvena, Lilly must discover how the boy was poisoned, especially now that the feds are pushing Prohibition enforcement. Lily discovers unlikely coincidences: Luther Ross (the former mine owner responsible for her husband's death) has slunk back into town, and somewhere in her county, a missing revenue agent could be in grave danger. Luther, it turns out, is helping ruthless businessman George Vogel turn his wife's family farm into a distribution center for a tonic he's peddling. When Vogel's wife, Fiona, every bit the survivor, learns that Vogel's business plan includes murder, she unleashes a campaign of manipulations to keep herself and her unborn baby safe. Like Sharyn McCrumb's and Julia Keller's thrillers, this third Lily Ross tale (following The Hollows, 2020) is a fine example of Appalachian storytelling, thoughtfully portraying characters at the intersections of kinship, poverty, power, and survival. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JESS MONTGOMERY writes a Writer's Digest magazine column, "Level Up Your Writing (Life)" and was formerly the “Literary Life” columnist for the Dayton Daily News. Based on early chapters of the first book in the Kinship Series, The Widows, Jess was awarded an Ohio Arts Council individual artist’s grant for literary arts and named the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus. She also hosts the podcast, “Tea with Jess: Chatting with Authors & Artists.” Jess lives in her native state of Ohio.

Subject: Distilling, Illicit Fiction
Prohibition Fiction
Nineteen twenties Fiction
Ohio History 20th century Fiction
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Women sheriffs.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Mystery fiction.

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